University of Kent

University of Kent

The University of Kent’s School of Psychology is a leading centre for research and teaching, with a strong, international reputation for pioneering theory and research on social issues including prejudice, inequality and social cohesion, It’s commitment to scientific excellence has been recognised by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ranking 11th in the UK for research intensity. It also recently ranked 12th out of 116 Psychology departments in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2017, and has successfully attracted and managed projects from numerous national and international funding bodies.

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) has an outstanding reputation for conducting high-quality research,  and over the last 40 years has shaped the development of social and health care systems in the UK and Internationally. It is one of the leading social care research groups in the UK being awarded over £11million in research grants since January 2008 and being assessed as ‘outstanding by international criteria’ by the Higher Education Funding Council. PSSRU sits within the School of Social Policy and Social Research at the University of Kent, which was awarded a 5* rating in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.

The University continues to be at the forefront of research on dementia and aging, with a wide range of research projects recently funded by the Department of Health, NIHR, School for Social Care Research, ESRC, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust. The University also provides regular evaluations of policy initiatives for clients in the public, private and third sector including securing the evaluation of the prestigious £3 million awarded to Thanet District Council by Big Lottery to improve the lives of older people in Thanet in the Ageless Thanet project.


The University of Kent delivered the evaluation of the project, and conducted and informed part of the consultation process. This was led by Dr Hannah Swift and Ann-Marie Towers, with assistance from Jacinta Babaian.



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